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David Downs directs news and lifestyle coverage as the California Bureau Chief for Leafly.com. He's written for WIRED, Rolling Stone and Billboard, and is the former cannabis editor of the San Francisco Chronicle, as well as the author of several cannabis books including 'Marijuana Harvest' by Ed Rosenthal and David Downs. He co-hosts The Hash podcast. TW: @davidrdowns | IG @daviddowns

Articles contributed to Leafly

Former Drug Warrior Biden Unveils Cannabis Decriminalization Plan

Automatic expungements and rescheduling included. But no federal adult use legalization.

David Downs - July 23, 2019

Banks Are Redlining the 99% Out of the Legal Cannabis Industry

It can cost $2 million to open a licensed cannabis store. And not a bank in the nation will offer a small business loan.

David Downs - July 21, 2019

In California’s Cannabis War, Civil Is the New Criminal

In Humboldt County, civil codes and $10k-a-day fines are working where SWAT raids failed. The strategy is about to go statewide.

David Downs - July 16, 2019

Americans Bought $400M in Cannabis for July Fourth

Step aside, 4/20. America's birthday is making cannabis cash registers ring.

David Downs - July 8, 2019

In Photos: How Dark Heart Nursery Produces Millions of Cannabis Clones

All that Zkittlez, Sour Diesel, Blue Dream, and Sherbert starts at California's Dark Heart Nursery.

David Downs - June 28, 2019

Illinois Just Legalized Cannabis. Here’s What Happens Next

Adult-use sales will start Jan. 1, 2020—a little more than 200 days away. Retailers, start your engines.

David Downs - June 25, 2019

Best cannabis strains of summer 2019

Sundae Driver, Banana Punch, GMO Cookies, and White Nectarine bring the heat to summer this year.

David Downs - June 24, 2019

Arizona Just Made Cannabis Safer and Saved Every Patient $150

The state's first medical marijuana law update in nine years cuts fees, adds testing, and expands rural access.

David Downs - June 10, 2019

Trump’s China Tariffs Leading to Shoddier, Pricier Vape Carts

President Trump’s trade war with China inflicts pain on the cannabis industry, and consumers too.

David Downs - June 7, 2019

Oakland City Council Decriminalizes Mushrooms, DMT, Ibogaine

Mushroom trips—which alter one’s sense of self, time, and space—have medical use in treating depression and PTSD, among other uses.

David Downs - June 6, 2019